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How to Handle Employees who are Unable to Prove their Ongoing Right to Work
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

In the latest article in our Tricky Issues series, we consider the need for follow-up right to work checks, the steps employers should take to carry out such checks and the legal position when dismissal is a consideration. “Why is a follow up check needed if I have already done a right to work check?” Employers in the UK must carry out right to work checks with all employees before they start their employment...

New OIG Advisory Opinion Establishes Guideposts for ASC Investors in Venture Involving System-Employed Physicians
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2021

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a favorable advisory opinion addressing an investment in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) made by a health system, certain physicians employed by the same health system, and a management company. OIG Advisory Opinion No. 21-02 is the first advisory opinion since 2009 to provide guidance on ASC investments and related safe harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute...

Details About the Proposal for Changes in Taxation of Options for Employees in Start Ups
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, May 2021

Before going into the details of the proposal it should be mentioned that the actual rules of the proposal were not presented in the revised budget. The government stated that they aim to present the rules in the budget for 2022. The rules will also be subject to a hearing round and since the scheme constitutes state aid in accordance with the rules in the EEA Agreement, they will also require notification to and approval from ESA before implementation...

New DOL Repeals Trump-Era Independent Contractor Test
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2021

On May 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) officially withdrew from the Trump-era rule for classifying workers as independent contractors. This withdrawal has been anticipated since President Joe Biden assumed his role, and was official on May 6. The DOL is expected to publish a Final Rule in the Federal Register within the coming days. Trump-Era Independent Contractor Test Contrary to FLSA Purpose and Intent On Jan...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates April 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., May 2021

Dispute ResolutionThreshold to Commence Winding Up Proceedings RaisedBy the Federal Government Gazette Notification No. 4159 dated 22 March 2021, the amount of indebtedness required to commence winding up proceedings under section 466(1)(a) has been fixed at RM50,000.00 with effect from 1 April 2021.This means that a creditor may only commence winding-up proceedings against a debtor company where the debtor company has failed to satisfy a debt owed to the creditor exceeding RM50,000...

COVID-19 and the Impact on Disabled Employees in the Workplace
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

The impact of the pandemic can be seen across all sectors of society but those who are disabled have been particularly affected, not least because employees with an underlying disability are likely to have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and told to shield for considerable parts of the last year. Being away from the workplace and separated from colleagues has left many feeling insecure...

IHL Series: Fraud
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

To support our IHL community, on 21 April we hosted our latest webinar on “Fraud” where we discussed the recent upsurge in fraud due to home working, general awareness of fraudulent activity and what businesses can do to protect themselves. Here are the key takeaways: What types of fraud are you seeing at the moment? The world is a turbulent place right now, and therefore the perfect time for fraud and illicit activity to thrive...

Quarterly Case Law Update: April 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

In our second quarterly case law update for 2021, we take a look at some of the key cases published since the start of the year and consider the lessons we can learn from them.   Disability discrimination In Elliot v Dorset County Council, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently allowed an appeal against an Employment Tribunal’s finding that a claimant was not disabled...

Disability Discrimination
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

In Elliot v Dorset County Council, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently allowed an appeal against an Employment Tribunal’s finding that a claimant was not disabled. The EAT held that the Tribunal had failed to adopt the correct approach when determining whether the claimant had a disability according to the statutory definition of disability in section 6 of the Equality Act 2010...

DOL Announces Essential Workers, Essential Protections Initiative
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the Essential Workers, Essential Protections Initiative on April 26, 2021. The Initiative is designed to educate workers on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...

Rules on Accrual of Holiday Clarified
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

There have been a number of significant rulings on the topic of holiday pay over recent years and Smith v Pimlico Plumbings Ltd is the newest addition. Before we look at Smith, it is useful to understand how this area of law has developed over time...

The Clock is Ticking on EU Settlement Scheme - Missing the Deadline
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

The Home Office has published guidance on making late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme. Employers are rapidly having to get their “heads around” the fallout from Brexit and ensuring all their existing EU workers have or in are in the process of obtaining EU settled status is just one of the many headaches. The deadline of 30 June 2021 for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme is fast approaching...

Flexible Working for All, Not Just Yoga Instructors
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

In what has been a period of unprecedented upheaval, employers have learnt a lot about their working practices and staff. As we enter the new world, employers have a unique opportunity to build back better including normalising flexible working for all...

New Emergency Measures Adopted after the “Sostegni Decree”
Gianni & Origoni, April 2021

Below is an update on the most relevant employment law measures adopted after the Decree of March 22, 2021, no. 41 (the so-called “Sostegni Decree”) within the framework of the COVID-19 emergency legislation and the on-going vaccination campaign...

Cambodia: Monthly Legal Update – April 2021
DFDL, April 2021

New Promulgated Law and Subsequent Regulations on Health, Administrative and Other Measures during Covid-19 Outbreak In response to the recent community outbreak of Covid-19 on 20 February 2021, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) promulgated and issued a number of regulations, specifically: Law on Preventative Measures against the Spread of Covid-19 and other Highly Contagious Diseases dated 11 March 2021 (“Preventative Measures Law”); Sub-Decree 37 dated 12 Ma

Illinois Enacts Law Limiting Use of Criminal Conviction Records When Making Employment Decisions
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2021

On March 23, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed a new law (Senate Bill 1480) that makes several meaningful changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). One significant change under the new law states employers may not use criminal conviction records when making employment decisions unless employers consider specific factors and take certain steps before making a final employment decision...

COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace: 8 Considerations for Employers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2021

PileDriver Magazine published an article by Dinsmore's Lisa Hodgdon and Jason Lambert entitled "COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace: 8 Considerations for Employers" in its most recent issue. Read an excerpt below. 1...

End of COVID-19 Adjusted Right to Work Checks
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

Employers can face a civil penalty under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (“the Act”) of up to £20,000 per illegal worker for failing to carry out the prescribed right to work document checks. It is a criminal offence to knowingly employ anyone who does not have the right to work in the UK or where an employer had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ they did not have the right to work in the UK...

Tricky Issues: How to Deal with Personality Clashes in the Workplace
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

In the latest article for our Tricky Issues series, we consider how employers should deal with personality clashes in the workplace, why they need to be dealt with quickly and the legal position when employers consider dismissal...

EFFECTS ON PENSIONS REGULATION of Law No. 21,314 that Regulates the Market Agents and Pension Advisors
Carey, April 2021

On April 13, 2021, Law No. 21,314 was published in the Official Gazette, which, among other matters, set new transparency requirements and reinforce the responsibilities of market agents (the " Law "). Relevant modifications to the current pensions' regulation: Amendments to Decree No. 3,500 (“Pension Funds Act”) ...

Biden's Nominee to Lead OSHA May Signal Increased Enforcement Scrutiny
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

President Joseph R. Biden on April 12 nominated current Cal/OSHA Chief Doug Parker to lead federal OSHA.  If confirmed, employers should prepare for the potential that California-style enforcement may reach the federal law. President Biden has pledged to make improved working conditions a central tenet of his administration, including support for changes to federal OSHA and the National Labor Relations Act...

B.C. Government Announces Paid Leave for Employees to Get Vaccinated
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

As British Columbia battles the third wave of COVID-19, the government has introduced legislation[1] which, if passed, will provide employees with paid leave to get the COVID-19 vaccine. On April 1, 2021, the British Columbia government introduced an unpaid job-protected leave of absence for employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or to assist a dependent in getting vaccinated against COVID-19...

Hey That’s Personal! Handling Employee DSARs and the Social Media Dilemma
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

As an employer, are you obliged to search personal devices, personal email accounts and/or personal social media accounts belonging to employees or others such as trustees or non-executive directors when responding to a data subject access request (DSAR)? Many employers will now be familiar with undertaking a ‘reasonable and proportionate’ search when responding to an employee’s DSAR under Article 15 of the UK GDPR...

Sleep-In Shifts Not Counted Towards National Minimum Wage
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

Last week the Supreme Court decided to dismiss the latest appeal in the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case and confirmed that time spent sleeping on site during a sleep-in shift will not count towards a care worker’s National Minimum Wage (NMW)...

Top 5 Employment Issues to Watch in Financial Services in 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

The financial services sector had a busy 2020 for many reasons, and the UK’s 2021/22 financial year promises to bring further developments. In this article, we take a look at the changes expected in banking, finance and asset management. 1. Brexit The loss of passporting rights was a key consequence of the Brexit deal from a financial services perspective...

 

 

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